Mature-age Program

We are running a $3.44 million Mature-Age Apprentice Wage-Gap pilot program.

Early in 2021 we launched a pilot program to help offset the extra costs of hiring adult apprentices who bring the benefit of skills, experience and maturity to businesses.  

The $3.44 million Mature-Age Wage Gap pilot program was created after consultation with industry, with feedback around the extra wage cost being a burden for construction industry businesses wanting to hire mature-age apprentices and trainees. It is just one of the ways the levy is contributing to delivering a job-ready, skilled WA construction industry workforce.

The funding, which reduces the gap between mature-age and junior rates applies to 150 apprentices over the age of 21, employed in 9 trades:

  • Brick and block laying
  • Carpentry/carpentry & joinery,
  • Concreting
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing & gas fitting,
  • Roof plumbing,
  • Wall and ceiling fixing
  • Wall and floor tiling

Employers will save about $16,000 in the first year of a three-year apprenticeship and $23,000 over the term of the apprenticeship.

Eligible employers can apply for the program if they have hired or are hiring apprentices in one of the listed trades, who are over the age of 21, and commenced a new apprenticeship after 22 February 22 2021. Click on the apply now button below to submit your application. Limited places remain and must close by 30 September 2021.

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